Badge Of Style

By Ramesh Narang

A passion pioneered by the Parisian jewellery menagerie like Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels and patronized by India’s royals during the days of the Raj, the brooch resurrects the jewel-laden elegance of the bygone era for the grooms of today. Bedecked with the burst of baubles or the lustre of emeralds, these pins have levitated from being a mere ‘fibula’ used for pinning the Togas together during the ancient Roman Empire to a statement piece for men that has now become a staple in the jewel-chests of today’s stylish breed. Used for pinning up scarves, bandhgala or brocade shervani, brooches weave a quiet story of unbridled stately elegance for men.

The love for brooches has spawned a cult following that has cut across generations. The erstwhile Maharaja of Kapurthala, Bhupinder Singh, commissioned various loose stones to iconic Parisian jewellers to craft a peacock-shaped brooch that he switched between his resplendent turban and his outlandish shervanis. The Nizams of Hyderabad, meanwhile, were rumoured to possess a coveted collection of men’s brooches.

From silk tuxedos for the sangeet or cocktail to embroidered achkans for the wedding reception, brooches bring that much-needed quality of ‘understated luxury’ to the groom’s look.

Ramesh Narang is at the helm of the prestigious jewellery house- Hazoorilal, in India, that is responsible for crafting impeccable designs and fabled jewels for all occasions.

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